by Lisa Loomer
directed by Jack Reuler, Artistic Director of Mixed Blood Theatre
December 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 at 7:30 pm
December 9 at 2:00 pm
All performances at Mixed Blood Theatre, 1501 S 4th St, Minneapolis
Post-show talkback Thursday December 13, led by Macalester students and Joan Ostrove, Professor in the Department of Psychology.
In the comedy Distracted, the mother of a moody, foul-mouthed, easily distracted nine-year-old boy seeks relief from her son’s tirades. When her son is diagnosed with ADHD, she visits a number of specialists and gathers opinions from neighbors, teachers, and her spouse, with the hope of gaining a better understanding of her son’s diagnosis. Her search leads to several questions that are controversial in the medical community and academia: do genetics, living in a world of sensory overload, vaccinations, diet, and the environment contribute to one’s likelihood of having ADHD? Do the powerful drugs often prescribed for treatment have a ripple effect, causing as many issues as they solve? Why is ADHD is disproportionately diagnosed in communities of color?
Recommended for ages 13+. Play contains adult language and explicit description of self-harm.
Running time: 2 hours, including intermission.
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